Liverpool casualty list rises to 13 after hamstring curse strikes again
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool have a staggering 13 players on their casualty list after Jordan Ibe became the latest player to be struck by the club’s hamstring curse.
The England Under-21 international, who scored the winner at Stoke on Tuesday night, missed training on Thursday after complaining of discomfort.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Ibe is set to miss Friday night’s FA Cup third round clash at Exeter and is now a doubt for the marquee Premier League clashes against Liverpool and Manchester United next week.
The 20-year-old has become the seventh member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad to be sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren both pulled up with strains in the first half of of the first leg of the team’s semi-final clash against Stoke, which the Merseysiders won 1-0. Speaking on Thursday, morning Klopp revealed that Philippe Coutinho is out until February, while Lovren will also miss next week’s matches against Arsenal and Manchester United with a similar injury.
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Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Jordan Rossiter are also ruled out by the same complaint.
The Liverpool treatment room now includes a staggering 13 players, with Kolo Toure (cramp), Jordan Henderson (foot), Mamadou Sakho out of action as well as long-term absentees Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan (knee).
The length of the Liverpool injury list is a huge concern to manager Klopp, who is ready to dip into the January market to strengthen his flagging squad.
“The truth is that we have to react on the situation,” Klopp said at his media briefing on Thursday morning. “It is difficult enough to find quality players, who are in a difficult situation at their own clubs. We have our eyes open in the transfer market.”